Friday, February, 2, 2018 | 7:38 AM | by June
“ Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” - Matt 6:10
I’ve been in the process of preparing the Worship Services for Lent. For the Mid-week, Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Service, we will look at the Theme, “Thy Will Be Done.”
I’ve spent time looking at Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation of the Lord’s Prayer, the Third Petition that talks about this subject.
What does this mean?
The good and gracious will of God is done even without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also.
How is God’s will done?
God’s will is done
when He breaks and hinders every evil plan and purpose of the devil, the world, and our own sinful nature, which do not want us to hallow God’s name or let His kingdom come;
and when He strengthen and keeps us firm in His Word and faith until we die.
This is His good and gracious will.
It is obvious that there are continuous challenges that come our way seeking to bring evil into our lives. But we pray that these challenges will not overtake us and that the Will of God, His Word and His kingdom would be extended.
Some things we know. . .
God desires His name to be hallowed.
That people come to know Him.
That people would live under the rule of His Son.
That people would live in faith.
That people would spend eternity with Him.
Other things we know. . .
The devil seeks to devour us.
The things of this world will pass away.
The desires of the flesh are not from the Father.
Thankfully, God’s power is able to restrain Satan. God’s power guards and protects us.
God also uses His people to do the work of His kingdom in the midst of an evil and contentious world.
We will have an opportunity to explore God’s hand throughout the Biblical record in the lives of His people this Lenten and Easter Season. Ultimately, we will have an opportunity to see the power of God’s will in our own lives. I will enjoy the next couple of months with all of you in this process.
God be praised!